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Bankers Hill – riven by canyons

Early architecture, Moreton fig, lawyers hill, Maple Canyon, St. Paul's high-rise, canyon sediment, Olive Park, Quince St. bridge

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  • Image by Salvatore Filippone
  • Early San Diego architecture in Bankers Hill

  • With two steep ravines spanned by quaint footbridges, scores of well-kept, historically significant homes, and mature landscaping, Banker's Hill is a monument to the elegance of the past. The work of early-century architects Irving Gill, William Hebbard, Richard Requa, and Frank Mead is represented throughout the area. Much can be seen on the following 1.5-mile walk, which begins on Spruce Street at First or Second Avenue, just west of Balboa Park.
  • By Jerry Schad, Aug. 20, 1998
  • The Moreton fig at Grape and Third

  • The last vestige of the Florence Hotel, which opened in 1893 and was tom down in 1948, is the Moreton Bay Fig tree on Grape Street between Third and Fourth. The three-story hotel was built by Alonzo Horton’s brother-in-law and for many years was the epicenter of San Diego culture, but like so many of the city’s relics, it was replaced by a parking lot.
  • By Neal Matthews, June 20, 1991

It's not easy staying green

It's not easy staying green

  • Largely white Bankers Hill

  • Bankers Hill. The name has a regal sound to it. Bankers Hill has been called "Pill Hill" for its many doctors' offices and "Gill Hill" for Irving Gill, who built the historic residences that grace its streets. These days it might be called "Lawyer's Hill," for the lawyers who have bought the Victorian houses and turned them into law offices.
  • By Fred Moramarco, Dec. 30, 2004
  • Historical or perfect for a park?

  • Stephen Hill, policy advisor for councilmember Todd Gloria, says city staff has determined that due to uneven terrain, dilapidated houses, and absent a clear path to Maple Canyon, the city-owned property in Bankers Hill should be sold. They will make that recommendation to a city-council committee on January 20.
  • By Dorian Hargrove, Jan. 11, 2016
  • Stroll through Maple Canyon in Banker's Hill, and escape from the city while in the city.

  • San Diego's picturesque "canyons" -- the narrow ravines slashing into the city's elevated plateaus ("mesas") that overlook the bay and the ocean -- number in the dozens. The so-called mesas are actually marine terraces, the remnants of flat topography lying just offshore during intervals of higher sea level that have occurred in the last million years or so. Erosion by flowing water has eaten away at these now-elevated terraces, creating the narrow, steep-sided drainage channels referred to as the urban canyons of San Diego.
  • By Jerry Schad, Sept. 7, 2006

The three-story Truax House at the entrance to Maple Canyon,  corner of Laurel and Union streets

The three-story Truax House at the entrance to Maple Canyon, corner of Laurel and Union streets

  • How high can Bankers Hill go?

  • A project to build a 20-story residential tower next to the St. Paul’s cathedral on Sixth Avenue between Maple and Nutmeg won praise and criticism from the community Thursday night at a well-attended meeting.
  • More than 50 people came to review plans by Greystar Rental Construction and Development to use a permit — and possibly an environmental impact statement — for a 15-story tower on the west edge of Balboa Park, coupled with density and affordable housing bonuses to build the tallest building in the area.
  • By Marty Graham, July 17, 2018

St. Paul's Episcopalian cathedral will gain 12,000 square feet of office and gathering space.

St. Paul's Episcopalian cathedral will gain 12,000 square feet of office and gathering space.

  • Banker's Hill Stroll

  • With two steep ravines spanned by quaint footbridges, scores of well-kept, historically significant homes, and mature landscaping, Banker’s Hill is a monument to the elegance of the past. The work of early-century architects Irving Gill, William Hebbard, Richard Requa, and Frank Mead is represented throughout the area. Much can be seen on the following 1.5-mile walk, which begins on Spruce Street at First or Second Avenue, just west of Balboa Park.
  • By Jerry Schad, Aug. 20, 2008
  • Bankers Hill volunteer attempt to save Maple Canyon stymied by city

  • A Bankers Hill volunteer group – along with San Diego Canyonlands – has lined up a $2 million federal grant for work in Maple Canyon to stabilize and restore it – and to prevent tons of sediment from streaming down hill into Solar Turbines and jamming neighborhood storm drains as it goes.
  • By Marty Graham, March 26, 2019

Canyon sediment gushes out on Pacific Highway near Solar.

Canyon sediment gushes out on Pacific Highway near Solar.

  • Banker's Hill Olive Park to be deleted

  • Banker's Hill — In the midtown community of Banker's Hill, a convertible Mercedes drives down Olive Street straight through the intersection with Third Avenue and onto a narrow paved driveway. The car coasts past a wooden sign displaying the names of three medical offices, loops around a light post, and parks in a shady spot, under the canopy of a eucalyptus growing above the slope of Maple Canyon.
  • By Dorian Hargrove, Nov. 5, 2008
  • Eucalyptus Smashes Quince Street Span

  • The Quince Street footbridge in Banker's Hill is out of commission and closed. According to Hillquest.com, "A western portion of the 106-year-old wooden pedestrian bridge that crosses Maple Canyon connecting Banker’s Hill to Balboa Park was crushed by a large eucalyptus tree on Sunday [March 20]."
  • By Gail Powell, March 22, 2011

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